Things that I think about when I water the hydrangeas. - Sam North
Is sudden retirement about to happen to you?
The Ant & The Grasshopper: A Pandemic Fable
And the winner is ...
How Writing Is Good For Your Physical and Mental Health - Indiana Lee
Words are about more than just communicating with others; they’re about turning inward, connecting with your own mind, spirit, and body.
Simple Ways Writers Can Benefit from Technology
As a writer, everything starts with your hardware.
How Writers Can Utilize Marketing Tools To Expand Their Personal Brand
if you want to have your written voice heard, sooner or later you need to seek out the limelight.
In a Creative Rut? Some Exercises & Actions To Improve Your Writing
There are many ways to keep that creative spark alive and well
Habits for Writers to Embrace in the Time of Social Distancing
How safe is your workspace? How clean is your immediate environment? How can a writer stay healthy while still focusing on your work?
'Little Richard' Wayne Penniman
1932 - 2020
Black. Gay. Primitive. Showbiz. Inventive. Influential. Penitent. Little Richard was all of these.
Lockdown at 90:
Martin Green's lockdown diary
I wrote at the end of March that I wondered what the next month would bring. The answer was that it brought a full-blown pandemic upon the world and to the United States.
Lockdown at 90
Martin Green 4.13.20
It had been three weeks since the governor of our state, California, had ordered that, first oldsters like me, and then everyone, choose your phrase--- shelter in place, self-isolate, stay home.
Adam Schlesinger - 1967-2020
Where do you start to encapsulate an artist who was everywhere and nowhere?
Living with a Liar: My Experience with Dyslexia
Learning how to work with, instead of against, my trickster, dyslexia
Deja Vu all over again
Reflections on imagining a pandemic
A Hapa in Hawaii
For the first time in my life, I was with kids who, despite our differences, shared the same cultural experiences.
Nonprofit Management & Social Media Marketing Tips - Indiana Lee 3.3.20
There are plenty of ways to go about nonprofit marketing in an effective, above-board manner.
A boyhood in Italy - There were three other Catholic priests who were important in my childhood ...
No Dancing in the Aisle on this Bus
Michael Chacko Daniels 2.24.20
“Seniors, wait till the bus stops before you get up to get off; every 19 minutes a senior dies in America from a fall,” the driver says.
James Campion 1.17.20
A Guide For Our Children
...they were granted immunity to come clean. They did. They told MLB that they all cheated, all season, and during the playoffs.
The Day My Father Died
James Campion + Readers Comments
I will always remember. It was sunny. A Saturday. Crisp autumn temperatures. Three days after his eighty-first birthday. My brother called from North Carolina. It was time.
Cruise LLAs and TGHs
Life's Little Annoyances and Things Guaranteed to Happen when Cruising at Sea
The Boeing 737 MAX
One year on from the fated flight of Oct 29th 2018
...journalistic photographs can and have wielded awesome power over society. But what of the motives of the photographers ...
Open Letter To My Wife IV
James Campion 6.13.19
Two months after that you moved into my hovel and transformed a boy into a man and a mostly directionless heart into one with a laser beam focus.
Subject: Worst Vacation Ever
From: Allen Cook 6.5.19
It was a vacation from hell. It even started bad ...
Saying goodbye to Hotel Taselotzin - Year after year I lead volunteer trips to attempt to do some good in the world.
Esclave in Utero
A Users Guide to Life After Roe v Wade Goes Down - Women’s bodies will affectively be considered slaves to the state. Abortion will result in jail time.
Observations on Life and Surviving it
Celeste says she’s in touch with my guardian angel and can give me a tarot reading
Sydney Moreano - living with diabetes
A medical timeout in volleyball is just three minutes. And unless a player’s injury is painstakingly obvious like a broken ankle, most referees do a lengthy interrogation to find out if the timeout is medically necessary.
Shades of Psychedelia
It is often said that if you can remember the 1960’s you probably weren’t there. This I suppose means that for some, the whole or part of the decade was lost in a blur of drugs, promiscuity, pop music and peace demonstrations.
The Attempted Murder of the Planet & The Merry Human Virus
James Campion on Earth Day April 22nd
We mean well, or we think we do – but we still merrily burn fossil fuels and use plastic all over the joint and eat animals who are filling the ozone with methane.
Seduced: Max and I Go to the Rose Bowl
Once Washington’s spot in the game was assured, I knew what I’d hear: “We should go,” my son Max said. “Who knows if we’ll get a chance again?”
The Minivan Circle of Life
Vans -- my stepfather has always driven minivans. They - much like him - were old and colossal with unsolvable issues he didn’t care enough about to fix.
The Mueller Report & Me
...maybe there were two reports as Fox and CNN seemed to be reporting on different things.
On the subject of pain
For the last year I have been struggling to write a novel about pain. The choice of subject was influenced by a sustained attack of fibromyalgia
Cablevision Monopoly & The Moral Imperative Or…The Death of Choice in The Cyber Age 3.25.19
if we want access to the Internet – let that read, phones, web service, television, ANYTHING… we need to use Cablevision.
Why Peace Will Forever Elude Us
Although the guises may differ, people who study history are no less doomed to repeat it than those who don’t.
International Womens' Day Celebration
Adewale T Akande
Think Equal, Build Smart and Innovate For Change - 'Investing in women is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do'
Five Ceilings and a Damp Course
This is the unromantic story of a downsizer who bought a house which promptly fell on his head.
Today, in the Holy Roman Empire
The Emperors of Rome loved to build stuff. They built bridges across rivers, so they could invade and conquer whoever was on the other side. And they built walls to keep out those peoples they hadn’t conquered just yet.
William Barr's Criminal Syndicate
The Systemic Anarchy of The Final Days of Trump - In the past year, Barr has flouted the very foundation of law because in the certain circles Barr and Trump are the law.
The Untouchable Triumvirate
Military, Religion, Police - as a democratic premise it is horrifying that these three institutions have been mostly above oversight or even simply questioning.
“PSYCHOPATH WITH A BIBLE”
James Campion 6.5.20
A Photo as Microcosm of a Weird, Dying Presidency
Odd. Staged. Cryptic. Grotesque. Defiant. Stoic. Vacant. The image is all of these and so much more.
Eric Garner Is George Floyd Is Murder
“I Can’t Breathe” Part II
The Political Implosion of Spain
James Skinner 22.05
Political Fallout from Covid Lockdown
Get Out There and Save The Day
Time for Americans to Risk Their Lives For the Good Ole U.S.A. - ... it’s time we save the idiot and the idiot’s country by putting our and our families’ lives at risk. Have a nice summer.
The World’s New Frenemy: Zoom
Zoom Life will be the new normal?
States' Rights Reversal in the Age of Madness
National Leadership Vacuum Pushes Us Through the Political Looking Glass - “When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total. And that's the way it's gotta be. It's total.”
Trump is Failing Crisis Test
The president, this poor excuse for a human being, is failing. And it is costing us the very fabric of this country; morally and economically.
Accountability for the Prescription Drug Crisis:
Have Amends Been Made?
Across the country, individuals, lawmakers, and insurance companies alike are calling for accountability from pharmaceutical companies, in greater numbers.
How Much Longer?
James Campion 3.20.20
How long can we endure curfews? Restrictions? Isolation? - There is no America without money flowing freely. Freedom? This is what we call buying stuff.
Coronavirus: Donald Trump's Katrina
James Campion 3.13.20
To slap some lipstick on this pig, he put on a baseball cap and lied about everyone being able to get a test for it. Hardly anyone can be tested.
Epidemics and Modern Society
Indiana Lee 3.9.20
If our understanding and technology are so good, why do some diseases continue to pop up?
The Lazarus Week
Joe Biden Rises from Political Oblivion to Become Democratic Frontrunner in One Insane Week
James Campion 02.21.20
The Swift Erosion of Democracy in Living Color - The most formidable faction of our legislative branch has been severely compromised by fear and a lust for keeping power
The Bernie Problem 14.02.20
Democratic Primaries Kick Off with Chaos & Fear - Will the Youth Vote stick with him and come out in November?
James Campion 2.3.20
Another Element of Governing Where No One Wins - Impeachment is hard.
There have only been three in the nearly 244 years of this nation’s existence
James Campion 1.10.20
Welcome to the New Age of Isolation, Apathy & Defeat
Seems like most of this presidency’s maneuvers are knee-jerk, ad-hoc, half-ass WTF kinds of things that end up in ranting tweets and Nuremburg type rallies
The Iran Mistake
James Campion 1.3.20
Forget Impeachment, Crimes, Lying, Stupidity: We are at the brink of war with Iran. The executive branch is at war with Congress. The Senate and the House are at war. A game show host is in charge of all this. - Welcome to 2020.
Not All Republicans Are For Trump
James Campion + Readers Responses
Mass Exodus of GOP in Congress Tell a Different Tale - I proffer that these representatives simply can no longer bear Donald Trump or where the country is going – fiscally, morally or otherwise
Gordon Sondland - The Human Carpet Bomb
Trump Supporter & EU Ambassador Buries Everyone in Key Impeachment Testimony - Sondland evoked the infamous “Three Amigos”, who were running a counter shadow diplomacy (shakedown) with the Ukraine president
The Bill Taylor Angle
James Campion 11.15.19
How a Lifetime Ambassador Frames the Trump/Ukraine Scandal - Taylor admitted in his testimony that he had considered quitting over “major concerns” that the United States was openly reneging on a deal that at the time was six-months overdue
Another Fine Mess in Spain
James Skinner 16.11.19
Election gamble fails
Pedro Sanchez has no clear path to rule
GOP, The Rule or Law & The Wrong Side of History
Trump’s Guilt is Absolute, So Who Will (or Won’t) Do Something About It?
What indeed happens to a nation where there are those who see the crime, casually ignore it, play politics with it, and then systemically allow it?
James Campion 10.17.19
Trump’s Attack on American Interests in the Middle East Sets Up Next 9/11
Trump Doctrine: Cause an international crisis, like taking North Korea to the brink of war on Twitter, then capitulating with a deal that give a tyrant the store and claim victory.
Does Donald Trump Want To Be Impeached?
Yes or No - the reasons why the White House madness continues
On the day of the infamous “shake-down” phone call, state department officials were trying like hell to first identity, then facilitate and finally cover up this half-baked scheme
Game Show Host + Presidency
= Impeachment - James Campion
History is a bitch and it has come calling for Donald J. Trump. - Well, of course. How else could this possibly end? It was only a matter of time that this abomination of a presidency would finally sink us into a constitutional crisis and wind up in the embarrassment of impeachment.
Hatred On Parade
The Rise of White Nationalism & the Ongoing Threat of Domestic Terrorism 8.16.19
+ Readers Responses 9.23.19
It has been clear from day-one that Donald Trump is working on some level of racial paranoia
The Woodstock Miracle & The Aging of Aquarius August 15th-18th 1969
During the weekend hours that passed in that field in Bethel, New York, the world got to see the best of the human spirit – not by conquest or violence, our favorite pastimes, but sharing, caring, singing and imbibing. Lots and lots of imbibing.
Tinsel Town Terror & The Demonizing of the Drug Culture
James Campion 8.2.19
One Night in Hollywood
In the wee hours on the morning of August 9, 1969 four ragamuffin refugees from the California commune/cult acid culture hijacked by a lunatic thirty-four year-old con man, pimp murderer, Charles Milles Manson slipped over the high steel black fencing of 10050 Cielo Drive, Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles.
JULY 20, 1969
The Apollo 11 Moon Landing at 50 7.20.19
+ Readers Responses 7.29.19
From a six year-old’s perspective, this whole concept is kind of out there. So much so, I stand for an inordinate amount of time in front of our front stoop looking up into the illuminated night sky the evening of July 19 staring at it.